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What Does it Take to Be a Private Cook?

Position Description Prepare meals in private homes. Includes personal chefs.

Life As a Private Cook

  • Shop for or order food and kitchen supplies and equipment.
  • Direct the operation and organization of kitchens and all food-related activities, including the presentation and serving of food.
  • Stock, organize, and clean kitchens and cooking utensils.
  • Specialize in preparing fancy dishes or food for special diets.
  • Keep records pertaining to menus, finances, and other business-related issues.
  • Serve meals and snacks to employing families and their guests.

Qualities of a Private Cook

These are the skills Private Cooks say are the most useful in their careers:

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Management of Material Resources: Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Types of Private Cook

  • Personal Chef
  • Holiday Food Prepper
  • Cooking Chef
  • Household Cook
  • Cook

Job Outlook for Private Cooks

There were about 25,000 jobs for Private Cook in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 5.2% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,300 new jobs for Private Cook by 2026. There will be an estimated 3,700 positions for Private Cook per year.


The states with the most job growth for Private Cook are Nevada, Oregon, and Florida. Watch out if you plan on working in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, or North Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Private Cook Average Salary

The average yearly salary of a Private Cook ranges between $25,610 and $62,600.


Private Cooks who work in California, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Private Cooks in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
California $40,080

What Tools & Technology do Private Cooks Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Private Cooks may use on a daily basis:

  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • YouTube
  • WordPress
  • Work scheduling software

How to Become a Private Cook

Learn what Private Cook education requirements there are.


What work experience do I need to become a Private Cook?


Where Private Cooks Are Employed


Private Cooks work in the following industries:



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